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Knowledge and Social Imagery - David Bloor

Knowledge and Social Imagery

By: David Bloor (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780226060972
Number Of Pages: 216

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The first edition of this book profoundly challenged and divided students of philosophy, sociology, and the history of science when it was published in 1976. In this second edition, Bloor responds in a substantial new Afterword to the heated debates engendered by his book.

Preface to the Second Edition (1991)
The Strong Programme in the Sociology of Knowledge
The Strong Programme
The Autonomy of Knowledge
The Argument from Empiricism
The Argument from Self-Refutation
The Argument from Future Knowledge
Sense Experience, Materialism and Truth
The Reliability of Sense
Experience and Belief
Materialism and Sociological Explanation
Truth, Correspondence and Convention
Sources of Resistance to the Strong Programme
A Durkheimean Approach to Science
Society and Knowledge
Knowledge and Social Imagery: A Case Study
The Popper-Kuhn Debate
Enlightenment Versus Romantic Ideologies
The Historical Location of the Ideologies
The Link between Epistemological and Ideological Debates
Another Variable, Knowledge under Threat
The Lesson to Be Learned
A Naturalistic Approach to Mathematics
The Standard Experience of Mathematics
J S Mill's Theory of Mathematics
Frege's Criticisms of Mill
Frege's Definition of Objectivity Accepted, But What Satisfies This Definition?
Mill's Theory Modified by Sociological Factors
Summary and Conclusion
Can There Be an Alternative Mathematics?
What Would an Alternative Mathematics Look Like?
Is 'One' a Number?
Pythagorean and Platonic Number
The Metaphysics of Root
Two Infinitesimals
Negotiation in Logical and Mathematical Thought
Lord Mansfield's Advice
Paradoxes of the Infinite
Azande Logic and Western Science
The Negotiation of a Proof in Mathematics
Conclusion: Where Do We Stand?
Afterword: Attacks on the Strong Programme
How Not to Attack the Strong Programme
Covariance, Causality and Cognitive Science
The Ultimate Refutation of Interest Explanations
The Charge of Idealism
Symmetry Lost and Symmetry Regained
Mathematics and the Realm of Necessity
Conclusion: Science and Heresy
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ISBN: 9780226060972
ISBN-10: 0226060977
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st January 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.0  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised